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StatManDu
05-20-2008, 12:02 PM
A RECORD 16TH
1920: Thanks to an eight-run outburst in the 16th inning, future Hall of Famer Red Faber notched his fourth victory of the year in the White Sox 13-5 win at Washington. The Sox are the only team in big league history to score that many times in a 16th inning. The victory improved the defending American League champions to 14-11.

A CYCLE FOR JOE D
1948: In front of only 5,001 fans at Comiskey Park, Joe DiMaggio hit for the cycle and drove in six runs in a 13-2 rout of the White Sox. The Yankee Clipper paced the “Bronx Bomber’s” 22-hit attack with two home runs, a triple, a double and a single.

KLU THRILLS BIG CROWD
1960: Ted Kluszewski launched a two-run homer off Whitey Ford and finished with four RBIs as the first-place White Sox entertained 40,970 at Comiskey Park with a 5-3 win over the Yankees. Kluszewski’s homer in the third gave the Sox the lead for good and he padded the lead with a two-run single as partof a three-run eighth.

PRODUCTIVE DOUBLE DIP FOR SMITH
1962: Al Smith went 5-for-8 with two home runs and five RBIs in leading the White Sox to a doubleheader sweep – both wins by 8-3 scores -- of the Baltimore Orioles before 22,122 at Comiskey Park. Smith clubbed two homers the first game. In the nightcap, Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and got help from Bob Sadowski as the White Sox crept to within two games of first place.

HOPKINS, CHRISTIAN COME THROUGH
1970: Gail Hopkins sacrifice fly in the ninth enabled the White Sox to walk-off with a 3-2 win over the Angels before 3,712 at Comiskey Park. The Sox tied the game when Chicago native Bob Christian hit a pinch-homer with Bill Melton on base. After a hit-by-pitch, a single and walk, Hopkins came through with the game-winner.

ALLEN, BAHNSEN OVERWHELM ANGELS
1972: Dick Allen homered and drove in four and Stan Bahnsen fired a two-hitter in the White Sox 8-0 win over the Angels at 21,190 at Comiskey Park. Allen, who would win the 1972 A.L. MVP Award, hit a two-run homer in the first while Bahnsen fanned six and walked none for his fifth win as the Sox pulled to within a half game of first place in the American League West.

55,555 WATCH SOX SPLIT
1973: The White Sox set a Comiskey Park and city baseball attendance record by drawing 55,555 fans for bat day Sunday doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The Sox won the first game 9-3 behind a combined seven RBIs from Bill Melton and Carlos May. The Twins won the nightcap 3-0.

GOOSE: SUCCESS AS A STARTER
1976: Rich Gossage continued to show tremendous durability as a starter in going in the distance in a 3-2 win over the Twins before 6,999 at Comiskey Park. Gossage gave up seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in logging his second straight complete game effort and fourth in seven starts.

SOX ‘DOT’ JAYS
1984: Bound for the All-Star Game, Richard Dotson tossed a six-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win at Toronto. Dotson bested long-time Sox killer Dave Stieb while striking out six in upping his record to 6-2 and dropping his ERA to 2.45.

JOEL DAVIS: GO THE DISTANCE
1986: Joel Davis went the distance as the White Sox extended their winning streak to six with a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays before 12,837 at Comiskey Park. Davis yielded eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in improving to 2-1. Davis limited Toronto to one hit through seven innings but got some help from his defense in the eighth when the Sox executed an 8-6-2 putout at the plate. In the ninth, Davis struck out Fred McGriff with the tying run on base to end it.

BIG BLAST FOR THE BIG HURT
1995: Frank Thomas launched a 461-foot home run, the third-longest in New Comiskey Park history, in the Sox 7-5 loss to the Angels before 28,470 on the South side. … Lance Johnson swiped the 193rd base of his career to move past Shano Collins into fifth place in Sox history.

FRANK KEEPS GETTING ON
1997: Frank Thomas extended his streak of reaching base to 15 consecutive plate appearances in the White Sox 10-1 win over the Boston Red Sox before 16,563 at Comiskey Park. Thomas, whose 10 consecutive hits during the streak tied a club record, collected an RBI double and two walks before flying out to center to end the streak one shy of Ted Williams’ big league record. Harold Baines drove in three runs to move him past Johnny Bench into 52nd on the all-time list with 1,377 RBI.

FRANK, PAULIE POWER SOX
2004: Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer as part of a six-run second as the White Sox obliterated the Twins 10-3 in the Metrodome. Thomas’ blast was part of a four-hit game, which was matched by Paul Konerko, who hit two homers.

INTERLEAGUE OPENER: A WRIGLEY WIN
2005: The first-place White Sox opened the ninth season of interleague play with the sweetest triumph of all – a win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Sox prevailed 5-1 behind seven strong innings from Freddy Garcia and home runs from Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye. Garcia gave up five hits, a walk and an unearned run while striking out three.

TAD SLAMS CUBS IN FIGHT GAME
2006: Tadahito hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six in the first-place White Sox 7-0 win over the Cubs before 39,387 at U.S. Cellular Field. This game featured the brawl prompted by Cub catcher Michael Barrett’s sucker punch of A.J. Pierzynski in the second inning. Pierzynski scored on a sacrifice fly and collided with Barrett. When the two got up, Barrett grabbed Pierzynski and delivered a right to the side of Pierzynski’s face. After the benches cleared, the Sox Pierzynski and Brian Anderson and the Cubs Barrett and John Mabry were ejected. Iguchi hit a grand slam in the second and added a solo shot in the sixth. Freddy Garcia went eight innings and allowed eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts to improve to 7-1.

ANOTHER SLAM OF THE CUBS
2007: A.J. Pierzynski hit a grand slam and Nick Masset turned in a solid effort in the White Sox 10-6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Pierzynski’s slam came in the seventh off ex-Sox lefty Neal Cotts and put the game out of the reach. Juan Uribe’s two-run single in the second gave the Sox the lead for good. Masset pitched into the sixth inning to earn his first big league victory in his first big league start.

Editor's Note: Information for these entries is gleaned from the author's files, retrosheet.org, various Internet sources, press reports of the day, White Sox media guides and the many White Sox books written by the great Rich Lindberg.

Soxfanspcu11
05-20-2008, 02:56 PM
TAD SLAMS CUBS IN FIGHT GAME
2006: Tadahito hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six in the first-place White Sox 7-0 win over the Cubs before 39,387 at U.S. Cellular Field. This game featured the brawl prompted by Cub catcher Michael Barrett’s sucker punch of A.J. Pierzynski in the second inning. Pierzynski scored on a sacrifice fly and collided with Barrett. When the two got up, Barrett grabbed Pierzynski and delivered a right to the side of Pierzynski’s face. After the benches cleared, the Sox Pierzynski and Brian Anderson and the Cubs Barrett and John Mabry were ejected. Iguchi hit a grand slam in the second and added a solo shot in the sixth. Freddy Garcia went eight innings and allowed eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts to improve to 7-1.

I was actually going to start a thread about this Myself until I saw your thread.

It's really hard to believe that it has been 2 years already since the "Fight Game". I mean, to Me, it seems like it was only like a few months ago!

I was there, in My Season Ticket seats out in the Bleachers in Section 163. WHAT AN EXPERIANCE!!!

When Barrett threw his sucker punch, I was looking over at My friend, telling him how smart it was of AJ to bowl over Barrett. So, I missed the actual punch. I only looked back at the field after My friend was like, "OH! A FIGHT!" I thought he was joking at first until I looked back at the field and the first thing I saw was both benches coming out. It seemed surreal at the time.

And Iguchi's 2nd Home Run, the ball was hit DIRECTLY at Me! If there had been no one in the seats, the ball would have hit My seat.

I had the ball IN MY HANDS!!! It ended up bouncing off My wrist, hit the guy behind Me in the top of the head and fell to the ground a row in front of Me. The guy sitting directly in front of Me ended up with the ball after a mad scramble on the ground for the ball. I was SOOOOOOO PISSED that I didn't come up with it!!!!! Oh well, it was still an AMAZING TIME!!!!!:gulp::bandance::)

esbrechtel
05-20-2008, 02:59 PM
I was at both of the final 2 dates in SOX history...to this day I will never forget the feeling I had during that fight...."did that seriously just happen?" And to be at wrigley to see AJ hit that shot was so awesome (this was followed by one of the many times Cub fans pelted the shrine with garbage)